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Opuntia polyacantha var. polyacantha (Hairspine pricklypear)
Cressler, Alan

Opuntia polyacantha var. polyacantha

Opuntia polyacantha Haw. var. polyacantha

Hairspine Pricklypear, Utah Grizzlybear Pricklypear

Cactaceae (Cactus Family)

Synonym(s): Opuntia erinacea var. paucispina, Opuntia erinacea var. ursina, Opuntia erinacea var. utahensis, Opuntia erinacea var. xanthostemma, Opuntia heacockiae, Opuntia juniperina, Opuntia missouriensis var. trichophora, Opuntia polyacantha var. juniperina, Opuntia polyacantha var. rufispina, Opuntia polyacantha var. trichophora, Opuntia rhodantha, Opuntia rhodantha var. spinosior, Opuntia rubrifolia, Opuntia rutila, Opuntia schweriniana, Opuntia sphaerocarpa var. utahensis, Opuntia trichophora


USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Cactus/Succulent

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Red , Yellow
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun


USA: AZ , CA , CO , ID , NM , NV , OR , UT , WY

Growing Conditions

Water Use: Low
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
Heat Tolerant: yes

Value to Beneficial Insects

Special Value to Native Bees

This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden - Santa Barbara, CA

Additional resources

USDA: Find Opuntia polyacantha var. polyacantha in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Opuntia polyacantha var. polyacantha in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Opuntia polyacantha var. polyacantha


Record Modified: 2015-05-12
Research By: TWC Staff

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